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John F Abbitt Instructional Associate Professor
(352) 392-7557

Education
Ph.D, 1991, University of Virginia,

Katerina E. Aifantis Associate Professor and MAE Faculty Fellow
(352) 392-6227

After obtaining my Bachelor’s in Engineering in 2002 with a minor in Mathematics, at the age of 19, I received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship with which I obtained my Master’s from the University of Cambridge in 2004 and my PhD at the University of Groningen in 2005 at the age of 21, becoming the youngest PhD in The Netherlands.…

Iptihal Al-Ghamdi Research Administrator II
(352) 294-1187
Sharla Alexander HR Generalist II
(352) 294-6960

Education
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Responsibilities
Human Resources team lead for Chemical Engineering and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Thomas E. Angelini Associate Professor
(352) 392-6438

Professor Angelini received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Illinois. His research interests include collective cell motion, mechanical instabilities in tissue cell assemblies, bacterial biofilm physics, soft matter physics, biomolecular self-assembly, and tribology of soft matter interfaces.
Education
Ph.D., 2005, University of Illinois
Teaching Interests
Soft Biological Mechanics, Soft Tissue Mechanics, Data Measurement and Analysis, Vibrations.…

Nagaraj K. Arakere Professor
(352) 273-2849

Professor Arakere received his Ph.D. in 1988 from Arizona State University. His research interests include Damage mechanics of structural materials subjected to monotonic and fatigue loading, Fatigue life evaluation, Rolling contact fatigue, Spall propagation, Superalloys, Foams, Related constitutive and finite element model development, and Dynamics of rotor-bearing systems.
Education
Ph.D, 1988, Arizona State University
Teaching Interests
Failure of materials in design, Fatigue, Fracture mechanics, Contact mechanics, Vibrations, Rotor dynamics
Research Interests
Fatigue, fracture, microstructure-sensitive design, monotonic and cyclic deformation response, Ultra-high strength bearing steels, Single crystal nickel-base superalloys, contact mechanics, fatigue spall propagation, and related constitutive and finite element model development.…

Terrence L. Aselage External Advisory Board Member
Amie Baisley Lecturer
S. “Bala” Balachandar William F. Powers Professor, Distinguished Professor
(352) 392-8909

Education
PhD, 1988, Brown University,
Teaching Interests
Computational fluid science (aka CFD), Large scale simulation of complex flows, transition and turbulence, multiphase flows, environmental flows

Scott Banks Professor
(352) 392-6109

Professor Banks has been active in orthopaedic and joint mechanics research his entire career. He is a member of several professional societies including ASME, the Knee Society, the American Society for Biomechanics and the Orthopaedic Research Society. Professor Banks served as President and annual conference host for the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty in 2013, and remains a member of the Board of Directors.…

Prabir Barooah Professor
(352) 294-0411

Professor Barooah received his Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1999 to 2002 he was a research engineer at United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT. He received the M. S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1999 and the B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1996.…

Jennifer Barrett Academic Assistant I
(352) 273-0304

Responsibilities:

  •  Approves Bright Futures Extension Requests
  • Assists in the Coordination of the Annual Transition Event
  • Coordinates Faculty Evaluations
  • Coordinates Faculty Syllabi Uploads
  • Manages Grade Change Requests
  • Manages Lobby System and Student Workflow
  • Oversees Academic Activities Reporting
  • Oversees Internship, Co-op, and Research Registration Forms
  • Oversees Minor Forms
  • Processes Summer Waiver Requests
  • Updates and Reviews Student Files
Teresa Benitez Instructional Assistant Professor
(352) 294-0435

Education
B.S. summa cum laude, 2006, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez,M.S., 2008, Stanford University,Ph.D., 2017, University of Florida
Teaching Interests
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

Riccardo Bevilacqua Courtesy Professor

Professor Bevilacqua holds a M. Sc. in Aerospace Engineering (2002), and a Ph. D. in Applied Mathematics (2007), both from the University of Rome, “Sapienza”, Italy.
Education
Ph.D., 2007, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
Teaching Interests
Dynamics, Control, Spacecraft Mechanics.
Research Interests
His research interests focus on spacecraft formation flight, space robotics, small spacecraft, and spacecraft-atmosphere interaction.

Tina Bolton Fiscal Assistant I
(352) 294-1189
David D. Boree External Advisory Board Member
David Bourget End User Computing Specialist III
(352) 392-5765
Jonathan T. Brooks Instructional Assistant Professor
(352) 294-0472

EducationB.S., 2012, University of Florida,M.S., 2013, University of Florida,Ph.D., 2017, University of FloridaTeaching InterestsNumerical methods, control systems, and optimization.

Jennifer Brown Fiscal Admin Manager – FA III
(352) 392-3102
Cristian Cardenas-Lailhacar Associate Research Scientist
(352) 392-5425

Additional Roles
Assistant Director of the Industrial Assessment Center, and Assistant Director of the Mobile Energy Laboratory at the University of Florida. He is also an Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies

Education
BS, University of Chile, 1989
Ph.D. University of Florida, 1998

Research Interests
Industrial energy management and productivity, energy efficiency and optimization, energy policy, new energy sources and materials, chemical reactivity and structure optimization at molecular level.…

Bruce F. Carroll Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Academic Programs
(352) 392-4943

EducationPh.D., 1988, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Research InterestsFluid mechanics, experimental methods, shock wave/boundary layer interactions, pressure and temperature sensitive coatings, low Reynolds number aerodynamics, application of MEMS, aero-optics

Oana Cazacu Professor and Charles Taylor Faculty Fellow
(850) 833-9350

Education
H.D.R.(Habilitation a Diriger les Recherches), 2004, University of Lille, France D.S., 1995, University of Lille, France,
Research Interests
Damage, Metal Plasticity and Viscoplasticity, Rock and Soil Mechanics, Mechanics of Particulate Materials, Penetration Mechanics

Nitin Chandola Research Assistant Engineer & Graduate Student Coordinator
(850) 833-9350 ext 232

Research Interests: Multi-scale modeling

Youping Chen Associate Professor
(352) 392-8494

Education
Ph.D, 2003, The George Washington University
Research Interests
Multiscale Materials Modeling Theory and Tools, Biological Materials, Microelectronics, Energy Materials, Coupled Dynamics of Dislocations-Interfaces and Phonon transport

Jacob N. Chung Andrew H. Hines/Progress Energy Professor and Florida Eminent Scholar
(352) 392-9607

Dr. Chung is currently the Andrew H. Hines, Jr./Progress Energy Eminent Scholar Chair Professor at the University of Florida. He joined the University of Florida in 1998 after 19 years on the faculty at the Washington State University. Dr. Chung holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering and had spent 6 years working as a nuclear reactor safety engineer in the industry before receiving his Ph.D.…

Mary Church Director of Development
(352) 294-7988
Sonya Clements Office Assistant
(352) 392-7591
  • Property Inventory Updates
  • Space Audit Entry
  • UF Facilities Work-order Requests
  • Dosimetry Badge Coordinator
  • Fed Ex Requests
  • Building Access
  • Door Code for Labs
  • Room Reservation
John W. Conklin Associate Professor
(352) 392-0614

John Conklin is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He joined the UF faculty in 2012 after a three-year research associateship at the W.W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford. He received his BS and MEng degrees from Cornell and PhD from Stanford in 2009. In 2011, John was the Fulbright Junior Lecturer at the University of Trento in Italy.…

Carl D. Crane, III Professor
(352) 219-6433

Carl D. Crane is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Center for Intelligent Machines and Robotics (CIMAR) at the University of Florida.  He received his B.S. and M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1978 and 1979.  Following this he spent five years as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers.…

Nicolae D. Cristescu Graduate Research Professor Emeritus, (Department Time: Sep. 7, 1992 – May 16, 2009)

Professor Cristescu received his Ph.D. in 1955 from the Romanian Academy. His research interests include theory of plasticity, wave propagation, mechanics of continuous media, rock and soil mechanics, and the mechanics of particulate media.EducationPh.D., 1955, Romanian Academy,Research InterestsTheory of plasticity, wave propagation, mechanics of continuous media, rock and soil mechanics, mechanics of particulate media.

Benjamin Crosbie Student Assistant
Melanie DeProspero Administrative Specialist II
(352) 294-1191

Responsibilities

  • Administration Operations
  • Tenure and Promotion
  • Departmental Events
  • Faculty Onboarding
  • Departmental Security Administrator
  • Facilities Operations
  • Property Custodian
  • Space Allocation
  • Facility Management
Dan Dickrell Instructional Associate Professor
(352) 392-1196

Education
Ph.D., 2006, University of Florida
Teaching Interests
Engineering Mechanics (statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials)
Engineering Design
Computer Programming for Engineers (LabVIEW and Matlab)
Research Interests
Computational image analysis
Electrical contact mechanics
Tribology
Engineering education methods for very-large enrollment courses

Terri Dildine Research Administrator  III
(352) 392-2761

Terri Dildine worked in the Insurance industry for 27 years in varying levels of leadership roles, prior to joining the University of Florida. She was hired at the University in 2013, in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering(MAE) as a Grants Specialist. She was promoted to Research Administrator II in 2016 and was promoted to Research Administrator III in 2019 as the Post-award Lead in the MAE department.…

Warren Dixon Dean’s Leadership Professor and Department Chair
(352) 846-1463

Prof. Warren Dixon received his Ph.D. in 2000 from Clemson University. He worked as a research staff member and Eugene P. Wigner Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) until 2004, when he joined the University of Florida in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, where he is now an Ebaugh Professor and Department Chair. His main research interest has been the development and application of Lyapunov-based control techniques for uncertain nonlinear systems.…

Ting Dong Instructional Assistant Professor

Education
Ph.D., 2020, University of Florida
Research Interests
Prognostics and health management, maintenance of aircraft structure
Teaching Interests
Finite Element Analysis and Design, Aerospace Design 1 & 2, Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Engineering Design 1.

Ed Duran External Advisory Board Member
Karen Ehlers Graduate Coordinator & Advisor
(352) 392-0808

Education

  • B.S., Anthropology, University of Florida
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, University of Florida
  • Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Florida

Responsibilities

  • Academic Advising and Degree Progress
  • Experiential Learning
  • Instruction and Curriculum Development
  • Programmatic Accreditation and Assessment
  • Recruitment and Admissions
  • Student Services Administration
Martin A. Eisenberg Professor Emeritus
(352) 392-0961

EducationD.Eng., 1966, Yale UniversityResearch InterestsMechanics of solids, theory of plasticity, inelastic wave propagation, computer methods of structural analysis.

Andrew Evans Warehouse/Stores Assistant
(352) 294-3390
Z. Hugh Fan Professor
(352) 846-3021

Professor Fan joined UF in 2003.  His research focus is to develop microfluidics and BioMEMS technologies and apply them to biomedical applications.  Microfluidics involves device fabrication and manufacturing, study of fluid behavior in microscale, and exploiting the devices for a variety of applications including point-of-care testing, environmental monitoring, and detection of pathogens in the field.
Education
Ph.…

Richard L. Fearn Professor Emeritus
(352) 392-6230

Education
Ph.D., 1965, University of Florida
Research Interests
Aerodynamics and Mathematica

Daniel Ferris Robert W. Adenbaum Professor & Senior Associate Chair
(352) 294-1281

Education
Ph.D., Human Biodynamics, University of California, Berkeley, 1998,M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Miami 1994,B.S., Mathematics Education, University of Central Florida 1992

Norman G. Fitz-coy Associate Professor
(352) 392-1029

Education
Ph.D., 1990, Auburn University
Research Interests
Dynamics and control of multibody systems, game theory, orbital dynamics, flight mechanics.

Michael Fitzgerald Student Services Manager
(352) 392-6228

Education
M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University
Responsibilities

  • Academic Advising
  • Adult Learning and Development
  • Assessment and Accreditation
  • Degree Certification
  • Enrollment Management
  • Experiential Learning
  • International Programs
  • Strategic Initiatives
James Fletcher Adjunct Research Professor, University of North Florida
(904) 620-1844
Camila Francolin External Advisory Board Member
The file is not an image. Janak Gaire Research Assistant Scientist
Prashant Ganesh Research Assistant Engineer
(850) 833-9350 ext 255

Prashant Ganesh received his M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineer from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2017 and his B.E in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India in 2014. He manages the Autonomous Vehicles Lab an AFRL funded lab located at UF REEF. His research involves developing guidance, navigation and controls solutions for single and multiple agents in a GPS denied/degraded environment and deploying them on a team of flying and ground robots to validate them.…

Roger A. Gater Associate Professor

EducationPh.D., 1969, Ph.D.Purdue UniversityResearch InterestsThermodynamics, Fluid mechanics, Heat transfer, Combustion phenomena.

Michael Generale Adjunct Professor
(352) 294-1183
Frank Gillette External Advisory Board Member
Pynie Gonzales Business Administration Specialist III
352-294-7967
Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet Professor and Graduate Coordinator
(352) 392-0812

Professor Greenslet received her Ph.D. in 1996 from Utsunomiya University in Japan. Her research interests include Magnetic field-assisted finishing; Surface functionalization and characterization; Ultra-precision surface finishing of optics; Surface and edge finishing of capillary tubes, catheter shafts and stents; and Medical device development.
Education
Ph.D., 1996, Utsunomiya University, Japan
Teaching Interests
Manufacturing engineering, Fundamentals of production engineering, Nontraditional manufacturing engineering.…

Mike Griffis Instructional Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
(352) 392-9473

After 20 years in the robotics industry, Mike came back to UF to teach the design courses.

Education
1991 Ph.D. University of Florida
1988 MSME University of Florida
1985 BSME University of Florida

Teaching Interests
Design, Kinematics, Statics, Numerical Methods

Research Interests
Kinematics, Statics, Screw Theory

Dan Guralnik Research Assistant Scientist

Dan Guralnik received his Ph.D. from the Technion-IIT Mathematics department in 2005, specializing in Geometric Group Theory. After post-doctoral appointments at Vanderbilt University and University of Oklahoma, where he worked on asymptotic geometry and boundary dynamics of discrete groups, he moved in 2011 to a post-doctoral appointment at KodLab, the legged locomotion laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, to start work on applications of topology and category theory to problems of knowledge representation in the context of navigation and control.…

Raphael T. Haftka Distinguished Professor Emeritus, (Department Time: December 30, 1994 – May 16, 2019)

Education
Ph.D., 1971, University of California
Research Interests
Aerospace design under uncertainty, modeling the effects of tests on structural design and safety, verification and validation of scientific simulations.

David W. Hahn Courtesy Professor

Education
Ph.D., 1992, Louisiana State University
Research Interests
Development and application of laser-based diagnostic techniques (LIBS, Raman, Light scattering, LIF), laser-material and plasma-material interactions, aerosol analysis, laser-tissue interactions including laser ablation, dense-medium scattering, biophotonic-based sensing, combustion processes and emissions control including catalytic combustion, chemical kinetics and soot formation, solar-thermal chemistry and hydrogen generation, and heat and mass transfer in transient systems

The file is not an image. Tracie Halbrook Human Resource Assistant
(352) 294-7969
Matthew T. Hale Assistant Professor
(352) 294-0436

Matthew Hale received his BSE summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received his MS and PhD from Georgia Tech. His work is driven by designing and analyzing multi-agent coordination algorithms that function well under challenging conditions, such as asynchronous information sharing, noisy communications, and user privacy requirements. His work deploys these algorithms on teams of flying and ground robots, providing both validation of the underlying theory and further research directions.…

Jeremy Hall Graduate Academic Program Specialist II
(352) 294-1184

Jeremy is originally from Pensacola, Florida, but has called Gainesville home for more than fifteen years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Santa Fe College in 2015 and his Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Florida in 2017. Jeremy worked in higher education for almost five years prior to joining the University of Florida in 2017; his professional specializations include admissions, advising, educational technology, and many other areas.…

Megan Holland Fiscal Assistant II
(352) 294-1186
Ryan W. Houim Assistant Professor
(352) 392-7164

Ryan Houim received his BSME from North Dakota State University and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University.  He was a National Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory and a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland prior to joining the University of Florida.  His research is focused on understanding the dynamics of multiphase and chemically reactive flows using numerical simulation techniques.  …

Chen-chi Hsu Professor Emeritus

EducationPh.D., 1965, University of MichiganResearch InterestsComputational fluid dynamics, engineering mechanics, applied mathematics.

Huei Wen “Jessie” Hsueh Fiscal Assistant II
(352) 392-8157
Grant Huang Research Associate Scientist
(850) 833-9350 ext.229

Research Interests
Bio-inspired navigation, Sensory-based navigation and localization for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) applications, Assisted GPS/GNSS (A-GPS/GNSS) technologies

Yong Huang Professor
(352) 392-5520

Dr. Yong Huang is a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests are two-fold: 1) processing of biological and engineering materials for healthcare/energy applications, and 2) understanding of dynamic material behavior during manufacturing and process-induced damage or defect structures. He served as the Technical Program Chair for the 2010 American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (ASME MSEC 2010) and the 2012 International Symposium on Flexible Automation (ISFA 2012).…

Peter G. Ifju Professor and Associate Chair of Faculty Affairs
(352) 392-6744

EducationPh.D., 1992, Virginia Polytechnic InstituteResearch InterestsExperimental mechanics, moire interferometry, compositie materials, micro air vehicles.

Herbert A. Ingley, III Associate Professor
(352) 392-9929

Education
Ph.D., 1971, University of Florida
Research Interests
Heat transfer, Acoustics, Air conditioning, Utilization of solar energy.

Thomas L. Jackson Research Scientist
(352) 273-1243

Dr. Thomas L. Jackson (Citizenship: USA). Dr. Thomas L. Jackson is a Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Previously he was Technical Manager for the Center for Compressible Multiphase Turbulence at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985, after which he joined the staff of the Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (ICASE).…

David Jeffcoat UFIS-REEF Director and Adjunct Professor
(850) 833-9350 ext. 225

Forty-five years engineering work experience in industry and government, including Opp Textile Mills, Monsanto Textiles Company, Air Force Material Command, and Jacobs Technology. Currently serving as Regional Director, UF Innovation Station REEF.

Education
Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Auburn University, 1990

Teaching Interests
System Design, Discrete Optimization, Probability

Research Interests
Design and optimization of complex systems

David A. Jenkins Associate Engineer Emeritus
(352) 392-6105

Education
Ph.D., 1973, University of Florida
Research Interests
Materials, structures, design, experimental stress analysis, instrumentation, failure analysis.

Marcus Johnson External Advisory Board Member
W. Joel D. Johnson Courtesy Faculty
(321) 727-4810
Nam-Ho Kim Professor and Daniel C. Drucker Faculty Fellow
(352) 846-0665

Dr. Nam-Ho Kim is presently a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He graduated with a Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1999 and worked at the Center for Computer-Aided Design as a postdoctoral associate until 2001. He is an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and an Associate Editor of Journal of Mechanical Design and Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization.…

James Klausner Courtesy Faculty

Dr. James Klausner is an MSU Foundation Professor and Mechanical Engineering Department Chair at Michigan State University (2016-present). He formerly served as Chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division (2011-2012). He serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Thermal Fluid Engineers and the International Titanium Association Foundation. For three and a half years he served as a Program Director at the U.S.…

Ashok V. Kumar Associate Professor
(352) 392-0816

Education
Ph.D., 1993, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests
Multifunctional structures, Finite Element Method, Geometric Modeling, Design Optimization and Rapid Prototyping.

Ulrich H. Kurzweg Professor Emeritus

Education
Ph.D., 1961, Princeton University
Research Interests
Fluid mechanics, magneto-hydrodynamics, applied mathematics, heat transfer by high frequency oscillations.

William E. Lear, Jr Associate Professor
(352) 392-7572

Dr. William. E. Lear is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, recipient of the 2014 Energy Systems Award from AIAA, former Chair of the Terrestrial Energy Systems technical committee, and has served in multiple roles with the International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, including Technical Program Chair. His areas of research are novel distributed generation systems, advanced turbomachinery, and low temperature fuel cells.…

Austin Leto End User Computing Specialist II
(352) 846-3019
Richard C. Lind Associate Professor

Education
Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, 1995, University of Minnesota
Research Interests
aeroservoelasticity, morphing, controls, flight testing

Sung Y. Lu Professor Emeritus, (Department Time: Jul. 1, 1959 – Dec. 1, 1993)

EducationPh.D., 1959, Carnegie Institute of TechnologyResearch InterestsStress analysis, mechanics of structures.

Gary K. Matthew Associate Professor Emeritus
(352) 392-0961

EducationPh.D., 1980, University of Florida,Research InterestsKinematics, Dynamics, Computer-aided design.

Sierra McVeigh Undergraduate Academic Advisor I
(352) 392-3104

Education
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UF (2017)
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UF (2019)

Responsibilities

  • Advises Non-Graduating Seniors
  • Coordinates Undergraduate Advising Inbox
  • Liaison for Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution
  • Liaison for Student Organizations
  • Liaison to the Career Connections Center
  • Liaision to the HWCOE STAR Office
  • Liaison to the University Petitions Committee
  • Manages IPPD Program Applications
  • Manages Latin-American Scholarships
  • Manages Student Initiated Drop/Add Requests
  • Serves as Interviewing Officer for University Petitions

 

The file is not an image. Siddhartha Mehta Research Associate Scientist
(850) 833-9350 ext 227

Research Interests: Robotics, non-linear control

Renwei Mei Professor
(352) 392-0888

EducationPh.D., 1990, University of IllinoisResearch InterestsTwo-phase flow, turbulence, computational fluid mechanics.

Amor A. Menezes Assistant Professor
(352) 294-0470

Amor A. Menezes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, an affiliate of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, an affiliate of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and a member of the Institute for Cell & Tissue Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His group applies dynamical systems theory and control engineering methods in the fields of systems biology and synthetic biology.…

David W. Mikolaitis Associate Professor
(352) 392-7632

Education
Ph.D., 1981, University of Illinois
Research Interests
Fluid mechanics, combustion theory, applied mathematics.

Gary Miller Courtesy Professor, Exactech, Inc. and External Advisory Board Member
(352) 377-1140
Steven A. E. Miller Assistant Professor
(352) 392-0886

Prof. Steven A. E. Miller, Ph.D., conducts research in theoretical fluid dynamics, theoretical aeroacoustics, and related disciplines. He joined the University of Florida Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in August of 2016. For seven years he was a United States government civil servant and was appointed to the position of theoretical aeroacoustician (research aerospace engineer) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Langley Research Center, Aeroacoustics Branch.…

James E. Milton Engineer Emeritus (GERC)
(850) 833-9350

EducationPh.D., 1966, University of FloridaResearch Interests(850) 833-9350

Saeed Moghaddam Knox T. Millsaps Professor
(352) 392-0889

Education
Ph.D., 2006, University of Maryland
Research Interests
Micro/nanoscale transport and nanotechnology for energy science and health applications; nanoengineering of functionalized membranes for energy conversion and storage and filtration/separation applications; heat and mass transfer in micro/nanostructures; microfluidic reactor platforms for fundamental energy research and reaction engineering; portable power

Kamran Mohseni W. P. Bushnell Endowed Professor
(352) 273-1834

Professor Mohseni received his Ph.D. in 2000 from California Institute of Technology. After a year as a Postdoc in Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech he joined the Aerospace Engineering Sciences department at the University of Colorado in Boulder as an Assistant Professor. Professor Mohseni joined the University of Florida as W. P. Bushnell Endowed Professor in MAE and ECE departments in 2011.…

Racquel Muir Accountant I
(352) 392-0858
Patrick Musgrave Assistant Professor
352-392-6230

Dr. Patrick Musgrave received his PhD from Virginia Tech in 2018 and BSc & BSE from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Dr. Musgrave’s research focuses on adaptive and morphing systems operating in fluidic environments, in particular systems subject to dynamic fluid-structure interactions. These systems are inherently multi-physical and sit at the intersection of structures, hydro/aerodynamics, mechatronics, smart materials, and controls.…

Gale E. Nevill, Jr Professor Emeritus
(352) 392-0961

EducationPh.D., 1961, Stanford UniversityResearch InterestsInternet based design, conflict resolution in design, expert systems for conceptual design.

Sean R. Niemi Instructional Assistant Professor
(352) 294-3381

Dr. Sean Niemi received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2018.EducationPh.D., 2018, University of FloridaTeaching InterestsEngineering Design, Precision Engineering, Tribology, Metrology, Quality and Manufacturing Engineering

Toshikazu Nishida Affliate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.
(352) 392-6774
Greg Norton Systems Admin / Programmer II
(352) 846-1712
Calvin C. Oliver Professor Emeritus (Department Time: 1967 – 1994)
Jing Pan Assistant Professor
(352) 294-6869

Jing Pan received his PhD from Purdue University in 2017. His research focuses on developing nanoscale machineries for biotechnology applications. He conducted his postdoctoral research at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he demonstrated translational impact of his work in novel biosensors and molecular diagnostics.

Education
Postdoc, 2019 Stanford University
Ph.D, 2017 Purdue University
B.S, 2011 Xi’an Jiaotong University

Teaching Interests
Heat and Mass Transfer; Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics; Modern Optics and Imaging System Engineering; Biodesign

Research Interests
Macromolecular Machines; Directed Evolution; Self-assembly and self-organization; Bio-nanotechnology; Synthetic Biology; Medical Technology.

Emmanuel Partheniades Professor Emeritus, (Department Time: Sep. 13, 1975 – May 6, 1999)

EducationPh.D., 1962, University of CaliforniaResearch InterestsTidal hydrodynamics, stratified flow, salinity intrusion, erosion and sedimentation dynamics of turbulent flows.

Jill E. Peterson Associate Professor Emeritus
(352) 392-7164

EducationPh.D., 1991, Rice UniversityResearch InterestsConvective heat and mass transfer issues in semi-conductor processing and hydrogen leak detection. Laser based diagnostics.

Winfred M. Phillips Professor and Executive Chief of Staff
(352) 392-6620

Education
D.Sc., 1968, University of Virginia
Research Interests
Fluid mechanics, gas dynamics, biomedical engineering.

Daniel M. Preston Facilities Operations Specialist
(352) 392-3101

Door Code/Maintain Keys; Administer building entry; Vehicle maintenance; Facilities PPD work-order request and follow up to ensure completion; Property inventory/Attractive items; Initial safety office for MAE; Space Audit

Anil V. Rao Professor and Erich Farber Faculty Fellow
(352) 392-5523

Professor Rao earned his Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, his M.S.E. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, and his B.S. in mechanical engineering and A.B. in mathematics from Cornell University.  Professor Rao’s research interests lie in the area of control and optimization of space and air vehicles and combine the development of new computational methods for optimal control with novel applications including space mission planning, performance optimization of atmospheric flight vehicles, and other vehicular control problems (for example, high performance ground and underwater vehicles). …

Mary Remer Research Administrator II
Benoit Revil-Baudard Assistant Research Scientist & Graduate Faculty
(850) 833-9350 ext. 243

Education
PhD, 2010, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, Center for Material Forming, France
Teaching Interests
Applied elasticity, Continuum Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Plasticity, Finite Element Analysis
Research Interests
Computational Plasticity, Metal Forming, High-rate deformation of metallic materials, Damage Mechanics

Shannon Ridgeway Instructional Assistant Professor
Shirley Robinson Undergraduate Academic Advisor I
(352) 846-1375

Responsibilities

  • Assist with advising Third and Fourth-Year Students
  • Coordinates Prospective Undergraduate Inbox
  • Liaison to the Office of Admissions
  • Liaison to the Registrar’s Office
  • Oversees Grade-a-Gator
  • Manages and Input Course/Room Schedules
  • Processes Transfer Admissions Applications
  • Processes Transient Applications
Janice “Jan” Rockey Administrative Support, (Department Time: Jan. 12, 1976 – Oct. 1, 2019)
C. Allen Ross Professor Emeritus
(850) 833-9350

EducationPh.D., 1971, University of FloridaResearch InterestsAerospace structures and materials, composite materials, experimental stress analysis.

Subrata Roy Professor
(352) 392-9823

Education
PhD, 1994, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Research Interests
Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer, Magnetogasdynamics, Plasma Based Flow Control, Electric Propulsion, and Micro/Nanoscale Flows.

Andres Rubiano Instructional Assistant Professor
352-273-2823

Andrés Rubiano (PhD, University of Florida; MSc, Universidad de los Andes) is an Assistant Instructional Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He currently teaches Mechanical Engineering Design 1 and 3 (Capstone Design). He has over 12 years of combined experience in teaching high school Physics and Calculus, GRE and GMAT prep courses (Quantitative Reasoning sections), and mechanical engineering undergraduate and graduate courses, including Advanced Heat Transfer, Combustion, Computer Aided Design, Mechanics of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, and Mech Design.…

Loren Ruffin Marketing and Communications
Maciej Rysz Courtesy Scholar
(850) 833-9350

EducationPh.D., 2014, University of IowaTeaching InterestsSystems Design and Architecture, Operations Research, OptimizationResearch InterestsStochastic and Combinatorial Optimization, Network Analytics, Machine Learning, Quantitative Risk Management

Julia Sander HR Generalist I
(352) 294-6962

Education
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, University of Florida
Master of Business Administration, University of Florida

Responsibilities
Human Resources related to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Bhavani V. Sankar Professor
(352) 392-6749

Professor Sankar received his Ph.D. in 1984 from Purdue University. His research interests lie in the field of mechanics of composite materials and structures, especially micro-mechanics and fracture mechanics.
Education
Ph.D., 1984, Purdue University
Teaching Interests
Aerospace structures, Mechanics of composite materials and structures, Fracture mechanics, Finite element analysis.
Research Interests
Composite materials and structures including impact- fracture- and micro-mechanics, textile composites, cellular materials and foams, sandwich construction, functionally graded materials, and integrated thermal protection systems.…

Malisa Sarntinoranont Professor
(352) 392-8404

Dr. Sarntinoranont grew up in Starke, Clermont and Gainesville, FL. Her degrees are in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Bioengineering. Dr.S’s research is driven by a vision to develop engineering tools for patient-specific drug therapy. Her lab is developing image-based computational models that predict flows and transport within the brain, spinal cord, tumors and bioreactors.…

W. Gregory Sawyer N.C. Ebaugh Professor and Distinguished Teaching Scholar
(352) 392-8488

W. Gregory Sawyer is an N. C. Ebaugh Professor and a Distinguished Teaching Scholar. He received his PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999, and later that year joined the faculty in Mechanical Engineering. Prof. Sawyer has published over 200 journal papers, has over 10,000 citations, holds over 20 patents, and is most proud of his numerous PhD students that are now faculty members and scientists across the globe.…

Jonathan R. Scheffe Associate Professor
(352) 392-0839

Jonathan Scheffe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. Prof. Scheffe’s research is focused on the conversion and storage of solar energy in the form of renewable fuels/electricity through thermochemical routes. He is the former chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Solar Energy Division and has co-authored more than 35 peer received publications in the field of solar thermal energy conversion.…

John K. Schueller Professor
(352) 392-0822

Prof. John K. Schueller received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1983. He is a generalist with some concentration in manufacturing and in off-highway vehicles and equipment. He is a Fellow of ASABE, IAABE, and SAE and holds Founder, Life, and/or Senior Member status in ASME, EurAgEng, IEEE, ISAE, and SME. Prof. Schueller is the Chair Editor-in-Chief of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture and serves on the Management Committee of the Club of Bologna.…

Kurt Schulze Adjunct Lecturer
(352) 392-9929

EducationPh.D., 2014, University of FloridaTeaching InterestsHVAC Systems, Energy Management

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Corin Segal Professor
(352) 392-6132

Education
Ph.D., 1991, University of Virginia
Research Interests
Combustion, fluid diagnostics, Fluid mechanics, aircraft design.

Chris Sells HR Assistant
(352) 294-7939
Pasquale M. Sforza Professor Emeritus
(352) 392-0512

EducationPh.D., 1965, Polytechnic Institute of BrooklynResearch InterestsGas dynamics, propulsion, air and space vehicle design, turbulent flows, high energy laser interactions, heat transfer, vortex flows.

Mark Sheplak Professor
(352) 392-3983

Mark Sheplak is currently a Professor holding joint appointments in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. Prior to joining UF in 1998, he was a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, Cambridge, MA from 1995-1998.…

S.A. Sherif Professor
(352) 392-7821

Education
Ph.D., 1985, Iowa State University
Research Interests
Heat and Mass Transfer, Thermodynamics, Thermal System Design and Optimization, Refrigeration and Cryogenics, HVAC, Solar and Hydrogen Energy

Jane Jaejeong Shin Assistant Professor
352-392-3140
Chelsey S. Simmons Associate Professor
(352) 392-4365

Professor Simmons received her B.S. cum laude from Harvard University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. In addition to her engineering research and coursework, Simmons received a Ph.D. Minor in Education and was a founding officer and President of Stanford’s American Society for Engineering Education. She also serves on the advisory board of a company based on one of her pending patents.…

Harold Snider Adjunct Associate Professor, (Department Time: August 23, 1988 – May 29, 2009)

Education
MSME, 1948, Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio
Research Interests
MSME, the Ohio State University, research in liquid hydrogen pumps, Design of bistable controls; VP Engineering, Emerson Electric Subsidiary.

Matt Sobieski External Advisory Board Member
Henry Sodano Daniel Drucker Faculty Fellow
(352) 273-2663

Education
PhD, 2005, Virginia Tech
Research Interests
Multifunctional Materials, Nanocomposites, Piezoelectric Materials and Devices, Fiber Reinforced Composites, Energy Harvesting, Mechanics of Materials, Sensors

Linda Sorrels Fiscal Assistant  II
(352) 392-7290
Jack Sparks External Advisory Board Member
Douglas E. Spearot Professor and Graduate Coordinator
(352) 392-6747

Professor Spearot received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research broadly includes the use of atomistic and mesoscale simulation techniques to study the mechanical and thermodynamic properties of materials, with particular focus on the behavior of interfaces. He was awarded the NSF CAREER Award in 2010 and was named 2020 Teacher of the Year in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.…

D. Scott Stewart Research Professor
(217) 333-7947
Donna L Stilwell Assistant Director, Human Resources
352-294-7977
Ghatu Subhash Newton C. Ebaugh Professor
+ 1 352-727-8662

Professor Ghatu Subhash obtained his PhD from University of California San Diego in 1991 and conducted his post-doctoral research at California Institute of Technology. His research focusses on multiaxial behavior of advanced ceramics, metals, composites, gels and biological materials. He has developed novel experimental methods which have been patented and widely used. He has co-authored 205 peer reviewed journal articles (8400 citations in Google Scholar, h-index=48), 85 conference proceedings, 2-books, and 6 patents.…

Xin Tang Assistant Professor

Professor Xin Tang received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Post-doctoral Fellow training from Harvard University. His research interests include cell and molecular mechanics in cancer development and metastasis, cardiovascular system, and neurons; unconventional mechano-electrophysiology; quantitative in vivo/vitro functional bio-imaging; bio-nanotechnology; and development of new biophysical tools to probe biological function/structure.

Education
Ph.D., 2013, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching Interests
Active Soft Matter Biophysics; Biomechanics at Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Scales; Quantitative Optical Bio-imaging; Continuum Mechanics; and Finite-element Analysis

Research Interests
Biomechanics, Mechanobiology and Soft Matter: Cell and molecular mechanics in cancer development and metastasis, cardiovascular system, and neurons; unconventional mechano-electrophysiology; quantitative in vivo/vitro functional bio-imaging; bio-nanotechnology; and development of new biophysical tools to probe biological function/structure

Charles “Chuck” E. Taylor Professor, (Department Time: Feb. 16, 1981 – Dec. 1, 1993)
Curtis R. Taylor Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs
(352) 392-4440

Dr. Curtis R. Taylor, Ph.D. directs the nanomechanics research lab at UF. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in solid mechanics. Nanomechanics deals with the study and application of fundamental mechanical properties of physical systems at the nanoscale, like elastic, thermal, and kinetic. The application of this research seeks to develop new technologies that utilize the unique properties of nano- and bio-materials.…

Siddharth S. Thakur Adjunct Associate Professor
(352) 846-3555

Professor Thakur received his Ph.D. in 1993 from University of Florida. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and combustion modeling.EducationPh.D., 1993, University of Florida,Research InterestsComputational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, combustion modelling.

Noel Thomas Teaching Laboratory Specialist II
(352) 846-1118
William G. Tiederman, Jr Professor Emeritus
(352) 392-0828

EducationPh.D., 1965, Stanford UniversityResearch InterestsViscous fluid mechanics, turbulent wall flows.

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Michael Tonks Assistant Professor
(352) 846 3779
James A. Trainham Professor
(352) 392-0826

Professor Trainham’s research interests are in renewable energy.  Before joining UF, Trainham spent most of his professional career in industry: four years as chief technology officer JDC Phosphate, four years as vice president,      distinguished fellow and director of the Research Triangle Solar Fuels Institute at RTI International, senior vice    president of Sundrop Fuels (a solar fuel company), served as global vice president of Science and Technology at PPG Industries, and had a 25-year career at the DuPont Company.…

Roger Tran-Son-Tay Professor
(352) 392-6229

Education
Ph.D., 1983, Washington University
Research Interests
Biomedical engineering, rheology, fluid mechanics.

Matthew J. Traum Instructional Associate Professor
(352) 294-6897

Dr. Matthew J. Traum is an experienced educator, administrator, fund raiser, and researcher serving the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida as an instructional faculty member. He is also founding CEO at Engineer Inc., a STEM education social enterprise that designs and distributes teaching kits enabling remote learners to complete lab-intensive online engineering and science courses.…

Trase Travers External Advisory Board Member
Lawrence S. Ukeiley Professor
(352) 392-9459

Lawrence Ukeiley is currently a Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Florida. His primary research interests are in experimental fluid dynamics and turbulence as related to flow control, aeroacoustics, fluid structure interactions and the development of low order models. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Alfred University in 1989 and his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University in 1992 and 1996 respectively.…

Mitchell B. Waldman External Advisory Board Member
Matthew Walters Associate Director, Administrative Services
352 392 4878
Yu Wang Assistant Professor
352-846-3599
Peter Wass Research Scientist
(352) 392-6746
Carol Weber External Advisory Board Member
Gloria J. Wiens Associate Professor
(352) 392-0806

Professor Wiens is currently conducting research in the area of human-robot collaboration for smart factory, integrating AI with robot control in providing augmented intelligence of robots interacting with humans, other robots and machines. She has also been conducting research in the areas of intelligent and autonomous robotic systems, innovative mechanisms and controls for automation, space robotics/small satellites, manufacturing and micro-electro-mechanical systems.…

Amy Wolff Research Administrator I
(352) 392-3105